The murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. have remained unsolved for two decades. A new documentary is now revealing suspects behind the tragedies, including alleged involvement by hip-hop mogul Diddy.
Murder Rap: Inside The Biggie & Tupac Murders, which premiered February 1, delves into the events leading to the 1996 murder of Tupac in Las Vegas and the 1997 shooting of The Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles. The film features retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, who led a special task force to investigate the murders. According to HipHopDX, Kading concludes that Diddy—head of Bad Boy Records and best friend of The Notorious B.I.G.—hired Crips gang member Duane Keith "Keffe D" Davis to kill Tupac and Death Row Records honcho Suge Knight. At the time, the two camps were warring as part of the East Coast-West Coast beef. The price Diddy allegedly offered for the hit was $1 million.
According to Kading, Keffe D's nephew, Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, was the one who shot Tupac in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. As retaliation, the film says Suge Knight hired rival Bloods gang member Wardell "Poochie" Fouse to kill The Notorious B.I.G. The "Big Poppa" rapper was shot to death in Los Angles March 9, 1997.
“It’s not that the case is unsolved,” Kading tells HipHopDX. “It’s merely unprosecuted and because of a variety of circumstances, the cases are unprosecutable. But that doesn’t mean they’re unsolved. So internally, we realize that we’ve solved the cases but perhaps the public, by not having gone through a trial process, doesn’t understand how they can be solved and not prosecuted.”
Given that both Fouse and Anderson were killed in separate incidents, it's unclear if the courts will prosecute anyone in the deaths of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.